Out-Of-The-Box Picnic Ideas

Picnics are a super fun way to spend the afternoon. Here are a few healthified and fuss-free picnic ideas for your next outdoor feast! 

Picnics are a super fun way to spend the afternoon — just pick a beautiful location, throw down a blanket, and munch away with family or friends. Here are a few healthified and fuss-free picnic ideas for your next outdoor feast!

Watermelon Salad With Feta and Basil

Is there anything better than biting into a juicy watermelon on a hot summer day? To make this dish, simply cut watermelon into bite-size cubes and then toss with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Then, fold in a few basil leaves and cubed feta cheese. Need more flavor? A drizzle of balsamic vinegar totally elevates this summer salad!

Spring Rolls With Dipping Sauce

Spring rolls are an easy nibble that you can customize to your taste preference. In this recipe, I show you how to create your own rolls. But, if you don’t have time and can’t be bothered then just use rice paper!

Adult Tuna Salad

I grew up eating tuna sandwiches and the memories of that creamy, salty taste are so strong that some days I crave it! (PS avoid regular consumption-I just had to detox from mercury poisoning) Nowadays when I do eat tuna, though, I swap the mayo for avocado and I pack romaine hearts instead of the bread. Get my “adult” version here.

Salad On A Stick

Nothing says picnic fun more than food on a stick. Grab a pack of skewers and thread your favorite veggies. Try cherry tomatoes, colorful peppers, cucumber chunks, and crunchy radishes. Pack dressing in a small and deep Tupperware for dipping!

Mini Bunless Cheeseburger Bites

Here’s another fun on-a-stick idea. Layer a cherry tomato, sliced round pickle, lettuce, cheese cube, and a mini beef burger or tuna burger on a stick. Bring ketchup and mustard packets along in your picnic basket to add an extra flavor kick.

Stuff-With-Anything Lettuce Cups

If you’ve scrolled through the list of free recipes here on my blog then you’ve probably noticed that I’m a fan of stuffed lettuce cups. I have a recipe for chicken cups, beef cups, and salmon cups. Each recipe is paired with a different tantalizing dressing to balance out the flavors. But don’t feel limited to the ideas I’ve shared here. Play around to create your own version.

Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies because it’s super versatile and can taste amazing when prepared well. For a healthier picnic salad, try this low-carb recipe by fellow food blogger Buns In My Oven.

Various Dips & Chips

Okay, so this isn’t so out-of-the-box. But no good picnic is complete without chips and dips! Opt for a better-for-you baked chip option. Then, in small airtight containers, pack a variety of dips such as guacamole, hummus, and pesto.